The World Islands, Dubai

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The World or The World Islands is an artificial archipelago of various small islands constructed in the rough shape of a world map, located in the waters of the Persian Gulf, 4.0km off the coast of Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The World islands are composed mainly of sand dredged from Dubai's shallow coastal waters, and are one of several artificial island developments in Dubai. The World's developer is Nakheel Properties, and the project was originally conceived by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the ruler of Dubai.
Construction of the 300 islands began in 2003, only to halt due to the 2008 financial crisis. Though 60 percent of the islands had been sold off to private contractors back in 2008, development on most of these islands has failed to initiate. As of July 2012, the Lebanon Island was developed and was the only island that had so far been developed commercially, being used for private corporate events and public parties. As of late 2013, only two of the islands had been developed. In January 2014, Kleindienst Group announced the launch of "The Heart of Europe" project; by February 2014, one of Kleindienst Group's brands - JK Properties - announced in their monthly newsletter that the project was "well underway". The first of these series of islands will be Europe, Sweden and Germany with development led by Kleindienst Group. The floating Sea horse villas at St. Petersburg Island are scheduled to be delivered in Dec 2016 and the booking starts at 20%.
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  • The project should represent the continents of the world. It doesn't look like much anymore. Mere nature is going through the.
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  • Complex of artificial islands that should represent the world, unfortunately barely visible even from the top of the tower ... ....
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  • This artificial archipelago is truly a masterpiece.
  • The "Underwater" World Islands project or a Universum size failure Islets imitating the world began to be built less than 15 years ago, about 4 km from the Dubai coast, and so far it seems that, literally speaking, they will drown this project :-) As far as I know, local sand was used for construction (this sand is not suitable for this purpose) and probably a few other mistakes were made because these islands are currently ... drowning. On a yearly basis, something about 2 - 5 mm, it's not much but they are constantly sinking ... The islands are practically not at all developed at this moment. Well, maybe it's good. Every now and then the subject returns (I read it in the Arab newspapers at the airport). No developer confirms these facts officially, but since 2009, work on the islands has been stopped except for Greenland, which is owned by Sheikh of Dubai. In addition, the archipelago is jinxed and subsequent investors fall into "disfavor" of fate (suicides, bankruptcies, accusations, arrests, etc.). In addition to Palm Jumeirah and World Islands, the construction of further islands began: Palm Jebel Ali - similar to Palm Jumeirah, but larger than it by half, Palm Deira even larger, located north of Jumeirah, and Palm Waterfront project, which should resemble moon and star Islam located south of Palm Jebel Ali. However, at the moment all work was stopped completely. If you want advice - despite the ongoing crisis in the real estate market and falling prices - maybe not buy yet ...
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